Re:Verse reading—Psalm 23 (day one)
“The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.”–v 1.
Who knows when young David discovered this life-changing connection! HOW I am rests on (rises directly from) WHO He is. My condition. His character. Same. Same.
For years (?) David faithfully cared for His father’s sheep. Silly animals. Not smart. Their safety depended on David’s presence and attentive care.
In a profound moment of clarity, David realized that he had the same relationship with God that his sheep had with him. “I am a sheep” he must have whispered to himself. “The LORD is my shepherd.”
It is a no-win situation. I have tried, believe me. Finding security in self and situation is a useless and anxious endeavor. Courage comes only (and hope with it) when I look, with David, to the Lord and discover Him strong and near.
“Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee.” Isaiah 26:3 (KJV)